This week's topic is the book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives and Why We Don't Talk About It by Elizabeth Anderson. Also joining the discussion is comedian Heather Marulli, who works in an office. Isaac, Charles, and Heather recap her previous appearance on the infamous La-La Land episode and Charles explains to Isaac why his criteria for a good episode is skewed. Then it's on to the book, which posits numerous criticisms of modern workplaces for being like small dictatorships where employees have their lives policed by private organizations. Heather recounts an instance of being fired for a MySpace post and the various ways languages describe making money are examined. An episode for job-haters everywhere!
Isaac is back from a whirlwind trip across America, which included watching the eclipse in Idaho, teaching NASA scientists, and attending Burning Man! Charles and special guest Evan Williams inquire about Isaac's Burning Man experience, which included getting fondled in a shower, urinating on himself, and having numerous breakdowns. Isaac describes Burning Man as "very douchey" but also well worth going as it's a unique experience where you can become a different person entirely. Also discussed: "sparkle ponies." Burning Man's inaccurate hippie reputation, and the dark undercurrent of sexual exploitation.
Isaac's father Tom Simpson is back! It wouldn't be NAHF without possibly anti-Semitic content, and this episode's is about whether Jews own pets? It seems they might not. Isaac reiterates his anti-globalist perspective that the establishment is trying to break down the family and accuses Charles of being a globalist who wants to dictate his views to everyone. Another La-La Land argument breaks out and Charles works to solve a dispute between Isaac and his girlfriend's sister. ARE there basic human rights? DO Jews own pets? These questions might get answered.
Another all over the place podcast as comedian Dan D'Aprile joins the show and everyone shares the origin of their last name. Charles is descended from slaveowners, and Isaac makes the same dumb joke twice. Then three white dudes talk about slavery and the discussion moves on to the limitations of language and inherent East Coast vs West Coast differences when talking about race. Charles floats the idea of changing the term "SJW" to "Tumblr liberal" and then there's some Trump talk. A little something for everyone!
Isaac and Charles sit down for a one-on-one about Charles's disastrous recording mistake, the result of which was the loss of a great episode of people listening to and critiquing Isaac's appearance on a Nazi podcast. More news on The Lost Episode to come. Both further tell stories of past mistakes made and the gut-sinking feeling that results. Then it's on to a discussion of their recent appearance on Unpopular Opinion (www.unpops.com), and why both Isaac and Charles are lousy guests on other shows. Lastly they touch on Isaac's article for Curbed LA featuring the 10 Worst Landlords in Los Angeles, a story which was retracted by Curbed but might be available other places if you look hard enough.
The Google Memo is everywhere, including on the podcast! Comedians Amanda Cohen and Dan D'Aprile come on to talk about the most exciting workplace document since Charles got suspended! Isaac is on board with the memo but others are unconvinced of its value. Is the memo dated misogynist nonsense or does it raise points worth considering? Why are women underrepresented in tech? Are diversity goals benefiting women and minorities or just hurting white men? Also discussed: people counting (good and bad), the butchering of 1984's Two Minutes Hate, and how white men are the Snickers of American culture...? Send your angry emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isaac's most recent Medium article proposes that all mass killings happen for the same reason: a breakdown in morality and of the lack of a common code, a function that religion used to fill. Charles and Isaac discuss the specifics of this and whether "globalists" are espousing their own version of religion. Also serial vs. spree killers: which is cooler? Probably serial killers. Isaac's SJW fixation makes its regular appearance. This is a good episode if you want to hear an argument between two people who probably just need to take a philosophy class.
Lee Barron is back to reveal a weird fact: he is the creator of the famous "Pastor Gas" viral video that's lived on the Internet forever. Charles and Isaac talk to Lee about how it feels to have your creative output generate income for others, appear on the MTV Movie Awards, and in general be a minor cultural touchstone without seeing any compensation or credit. Also discussed: the connection between Internet humor and 1980s video montage, what constitutes intellectual property theft, and why something goes viral. Pastor Gas video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtW5upD5oW4
This episode was recorded on Father's Day, with none other than Isaac's father Tom Simpson joining the show! A self-described liberal parent, Tom conveys his disappointment in having an "alt-right troll" for a son. Charles shares his 23andMe test results which begins a long discussion on genealogy and whether your family history is worth knowing. Tom talks about a trip to Venice Beach, which resulted in him clearly being scammed. Isaac and Charles get into it on Russia but find common ground in mocking the new snowflakes of the alt-right getting upset over the recent production of Julius Caesar featuring Trump as Caesar. Call your dad!
Has New York City lost its magic? That's the lead in to today's episode which finds Isaac returned from a trip to Gotham and very displeased with its current state. Both former residents of New York, Isaac and Charles discuss the ways it has changed, from the alleged SJW-ification of the subway to the loss of storefronts to the tech industry slowly gobbling up Manhattan. Then it's a study on public transportation and the question of whether poor people claim property via sound, why Where the Wild Things Are is a terrible film, and delightful stories of crazy people on the subway. Music: www.bensound.net